John Avlon for The Daily Beast: Will Immigration Reform Be John Boehner’s Legacy?

February 2nd, 2014

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by John Avlon
February 2, 2014

The United States is a nation of immigrants. But despite this common ground, no issue seems to divide Americans like immigration—specifically, illegal immigration and how to deal with it.

Which is why the House Republican leadership’s decision to finally back immigration reform in principle is, as Joe Biden might say, a big f-ing deal.

The announcement came at a GOP party retreat in Maryland late in the week. More than a trial balloon but less than legislation, the officially-issued outline front-loads border security and internal enforcement, with employment verification and visa tracking. A path to citizenship will be granted to the children of the 11.7 million illegal immigrants currently living in the shadows, but not to their parents—a crucial distinction with the Senate bill passed last year.

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